Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi), Istanbul

4.3
#11 of 101 in Museums in Istanbul
Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi) showcases Islamic art including textiles, tiles, and ethnographic dioramas, spanning from the 8th to the 20th centuries. Its striking stone building dates back to 1524; over the course of its history it has served as a house, prison, and clothing factory. Here you'll see one of the greatest collections of carpets in the world. Tour the exhibits to find vivid frescoes and mosaics, carved and inlaid wood pieces, and colorful porcelain objects. Learn how Turks have lived from numerous ethnological dioramas, from the time of nomads to the present day. The museum also has an unmatched overlook of the Blue Mosque and its surroundings. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi) by using our Istanbul travel planning tool.
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  • Visited it with the Istanbul Museum's pass - which is great value and forces you to investigate different museums. It is well set-up with god descriptions of the exhibits. There was a wonderful...  more »
  • I would of not visited this place if entrance wasn’t included in museum pass. The collection in London was more interesting.  more »
  • We stopped in as this was right next to our hotel and it was part of Museum Pass. The building is beautiful and the exhibits well laid out. That said, there didn’t feel like there was that much to...  more »
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  • It a nice museum that shows you the arts of Turkish and Islam. They have room for each era of Turkish Reign over Anatolia Region, it provides you information about reign and also how it change over the years. Here also you can find some holy relics from Islam era( you must be complete cover, before entering inside this room you will find some cloths to put on yourself) You can use here the Museum Pass
  • This is a lovely museum in a very nice building. It’s quite specialized and focuses mainly on rugs, pottery/ceramics, books/documents with a few bronzes, sculptures and other artifacts. It wouldn’t be my top choice for a museum visit in Istanbul but it’s a very nice collection, well laid out. There isn’t a lot of information about each object. Unless you are already into Turkish and Islamic art, I may give this one a miss. Although, you can probably see everything in 30-60 minutes.
  • Not sure how this place has less than 4 stars on other social media platforms. The only downside is that they probably have other things of great beauty but no place to show them. The artifacts, not surprisingly, are almost all religious and related in some way to the Prophet. This is little different of Western art from the medieval period which were mainly religious as well. I think there are probably better examples of Muslim carpets but this isn't a shop. (Some guy is likely to bother you about a carpet nearby - don't worry if that's what you want.) It's a great place to avoid the crowds of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, and appreciate some of the most beautiful pieces I've seen.
  • Really lovely place and glad we visited. We bought the 5 day card deal which works out cheaper. I'm surprised someone reviewed saying it's too much "Islamic art" when it's a museum for that! Haha! But never the less it is lovely and lots of old and beautiful pieces here. For religious or non religious people! VERY clean toilets and Cafe was also not expensive (20TL for a can of coke) would recommend!
  • Great museum. Must see in Blue Mosque area. Museum is also maintained very well

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